Uni-Trade Stadium

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Uni-Trade Stadium
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Former names Laredo Ballpark
Location 6320 Sinatra Parkway
Laredo, TX 78045
Broke ground June 11, 2011[1]
Opened May 17, 2012
Owner City of Laredo
Operator Ventura Sports Group[1]
Surface TifSport Bermudagrass
Construction cost $18 million[2]
Architect HKS
Humphries & Sanchez[1]
Structural engineer Puig Engineering LLC[1]
General contractor Leyendecker Construction[1]
Capacity 6,000 (Baseball)
16,000 (Concerts)
Field size Left Field: 335 feet
Left Center Field: 385 feet
Center Field: 405 feet
Right Center Field: 385 feet
Right Field: 335 feet
Tenants
Laredo Lemurs
Laredo Roses
2011 promotional image of the planned Laredo Ballpark now named Uni-Trade Stadium

The Uni-Trade Stadium is a baseball ballpark in Laredo, Texas. The stadium is home to the Laredo Lemurs, a baseball team in the American Association and the Laredo Roses, a women's full contact American football team in the Sugar N Spice Football League.[3] The stadium is also used for youth soccer leagues, youth and prep baseball games and concerts.[4]

History[edit]

The Laredo Ballpark project was first approved by the city council and was voted in favor of (with 61.32% of the votes in favor 38.68% against) constructing it with money collected by a .25% sales tax increase for the LEC since 2004 of which there is a surplus of about $18 million.[5] The project consisted of building a new multiuse Baseball field near the Laredo Energy Arena (LEA). On December 9, 2011, it was announced that the stadium would be named Uni-Trade Stadium,[6] after Uni-Trade Forwarding LLC, a local freight forwarder. The park opened on May 17, 2012, with the Lemurs defeating the defending American Association champion Grand Prairie AirHogs 5-1 in front of a crowd of 5,923.

Field[edit]

The baseball field playing surface was designed and built by sports field contractor Texas Multi-Chem, out of Kerrville, TX. The baseball field's natural grass surface is TifSport hybrid bermuda and the root zone consists of an 8" layer of USGA sand and Dakota peat. The field also contains an internal drainage system to help avoid rain outs.[7]

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Coordinates: 27°33′19″N 99°27′07″W / 27.555194°N 99.452008°W / 27.555194; -99.452008